I had a blast at this year's HarnCon.
Kerry is an amazing host and great friend, he is a true asset to this community.
Here is a photo album of my trip: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saralbell7 ... 080975654/ Friday, August 19th:
I was kindly picked up by Kerry at the airport. Had a few nice chats with several Canadian customs officers before they allowed me into Canada. It was almost comical, I almost thought they were USA TSA agents. (Except one - she was way too cute and friendly.) Brent Bailey and Rob Barnes also got special treatment that day. They even searched Rob's bags. (Guess they thought we were Harn mules!)
Friday was also my first of 7? trips to Tim Hortons. http://www.timhortons.com/
It's a Canada thing. (The nearest Tim Horton's to me here in San Diego, CA is in British Columbia.) I personally blame Kerry for the three pounds I gained eating Timbits (their donut holes) while in Ottawa.
HarnCon proper started around dinnertime. Kerry laid out the Soylana Assembly LARP background and style of play. I played the leader of the patriot faction sword chapter in the Soylana Assembly adventure. Carol Nicholas (the Nebulan sword chapter commander) & I were natural allies and we almost succeeded in splitting the LoP. We were successful in opposing the call for troops.Saturday, August 20th:
Dave Mareske’s Kaldor Succession Crisis block game playtest. (I think I sat in 3-4 games of this over the weekend. We were playing around with various factions and house rules as well. It was great fun - even if I kept losing.)
After Subway, Kerry's Siege of Tashal
game was a real treat. I played an ostler to clan Caldeth and used my knowledge of clan Caldeth's townhouse (see Kerry's article on Lythia.com) as a good location for us to climb the city walls. We PCs climbed up a ladder at 4 a.m. (the ladder was taken back to the siege lines) and to avoid the sentry, decided to jump lightly on the clan Caldeth stable roof, then scale down and exit the compound. I rolled a "0""0" on 2d10 in Harnmaster. My PC fell thru the roof, the hayloft and landed in a steaming pile of $#@!. He wasn't right in the head for a while after that. The other guys did a kick ass job befriending the mercs at the Heru gate and bribed them so they flipped and we all opened the gates to Conwan's troops.
Dinner, at Lieutenant’s Pump was nice, esp. since CGI offered to Kerry to help offset some of the cost of this dinner in lieu of door prizes! Sunday, August 21st:
I sat in John Sgammato's Between the Cutlass and Claw
with James Watson, Dave St Pierre, and Brent Bailey. It was fun to playtest some of John's critters, and see what nasty things they did to PCs. Damn that wall clam!
Dinner at Les Brasseurs des Temps was grand. The look on our watriess' face when Dave spoke to her in fluent French after she had taken orders for ten Americans (and one English speaking Canadian) was priceless!
Most folks parted ways that night.Monday, August 22nd:
The aftercon was fun as well! Kerry, Brent, Rob & I met Tony at Upper Canada Village. http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/
and had a blast.
Sans Tony who had to go back to work, we then went to Fort Henry, built to protect
Canada from those "evil" Americans. http://www.forthenry.com/ Tuesday, August 23rd:
After dropping off Brent and Rob, Kerry took me to the Diefenbunker. Its a neat place, but in a depressing sort of way. http://www.diefenbunker.ca/
I had the honor to be a guest at Kerry's regular Savage Worlds - Day After Ragnarok
game. That is one fun game - It felt like a Firefly version of "the Mummy" movie. Some of Kerry's players were asking about Harn, I hope they give it a try sometime!Wednesday, August 24th:
One last Tim Horton's visit, one big hug to Kerry - off on a jet plane.
In sum, it was a real pleasure seeing Kerry, John, Brent, Rob, & Lawrence in person again, and finally meeting Dave, Jonathan & Carol, Ed, James, Tony, and Paul Barr for the first time. I had a blast, and can't wait to do it again sometime!